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Pictures of Dahlonega’s Trail Fest 2014

Dahlonega Trail Fest 2014 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Dahlonega is a wonderful place to enjoy free olde tyme music, first dates, buying treasures, popping The Question or celebrating a treasured anniversary. Dahlonega’s fame among Appalachian Trail enthusiasts extends beyond its mere proximity to the Trail. The town welcomes adventurers who hit the Trail and sends them off each spring with the Dahlonega Trail Fest.  This […]

Free Guide to Georgia’s State Parks

Volunteer at Lake Allatoona's Red Top Mountain State Park

Spring is just around the corner.  (If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.) Yes, it’s hard to believe when we have two week’s of below freezing low temperatures with “highs” in the low 30s. This is, however, Georgia and spring is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, March 20th.  Clever Georgians are planning […]

First Day Hikes at Red Top Mountain State Park & Around Georgia

First Day Hikes Start the Year Off Right!

Let’s start the New Year in a healthy way!  Let’s hit the trails at Georgia’s state parks and join fun folks on a First Day Hike!  Every one of our 40+ state parks has something special planned. If we start 2014 with healthy new habits, we have a better chance of going for a First […]

December 2013 Events & Bargains at GA’s State Parks

Volunteer at Lake Allatoona's Red Top Mountain State Park

This December, our friends at Georgia’s State Parks have many special events and bargains for visitors. Cozy campfires and peaceful beauty are just two reasons you’ll enjoy visiting Georgia’s State Parks during winter.  There are several specials to make a last-minute escape easy on your wallet.  Dates and restrictions vary by park. Special Deals on Park Passes […]

Take a “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day

First Day Hikes Start the Year Off Right!

First Day Hikes Start the Year Off Right! Got plans for New Year’s Day? Here’s an idea.  Kill your TV, roll off the sofa, walk past the snacks and trash from New Year’s Eve and take a hike. All across America, state parks are inviting folks to celebrate nature and the New Year with a “First […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (11-26-13)

DNR Law Enforcement Division ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Our friends at Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division do more than straighten out crooks.  When hunters are lost in the woods, for example, we call the Rangers to extricate them, safe and sound. This week’s Law Enforcement Report lists several of the ways Rangers made Georgia safe: Lost hunters found – Gordon […]

Free Visits to U.S. Forest Sites Nov 9-11

U.S. Forest Service

As it has four times already in 2013, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites.  The fee waivers for the weekend of November 9-11, 2013, are in honor of the Veterans Day holiday weekend, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will […]

Government Reopens Federal Parks & Services

The floodgates of fun are open at Lake Allatoona!

There’s good news out of Washington … for a change.The morons we elected to run the United States government waited until the last possible moment to fund America — temporarily — and allow federal agencies and services to reopen, including national parks. We’ll spare you all the details of the brinksmanship, in the fear it […]

Red Top Mountain State Park is Open!

Volunteer at Lake Allatoona's Red Top Mountain State Park

Just because the goofballs in Washington cannot get along and (hello?) run the dang government, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun romping and frolicking at Lake Allatoona’s Red Top Mountain State Park.  As a state park — not a federal park — it’s not affected by the shutdown of the United States government. Georgia State Parks […]

US Gov’t Shutdown Closes Army Corps Parks

Allatoona Dam ~~ Photograph courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers

Our federal government “shut down” at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The temporary absence of funding for entities run by the federal government — including parks run by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) on Lake Allatoona — will  shut down until funding resumes. We spoke with our friend, Deputy Public Affairs Officer with […]